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Nurse Betty

A waitress in a Kansas diner and a wife to a foul and suspicious car salesman, (Aaron Eckhart) Betty Sizemore (Renee Zellweger) lives only for love, that is A Reason to Love, the trashy TV soap about doctors and nurses.

One evening while Betty is watching an episode her husband returns home with two men, who proceed to interrogate then immolate him. Glimpsing the murder in secret Betty goes into shock and decides the TV characters from A Reason to love are real and that the character Dr David Ravel (George McCord) is her fiance with whom she must reunite.

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Fleeing the crime scene in a Buick Betty bluffs her way into a nursing job, and it all seems fine except her husband's assassins are after her and the drugs stashed in the Buick's boot.

As each individual pursues their goal reality and fiction intermingle providing a humorous and poignant film about dreams coming true. The movie is well cast with Zelwegger's scrunched smiles showing vulnerability, mischievousness and insanity that Dr Ravel's perfect grin and eat me eyes can't understand. The good cop bad cop interpretation of a dangerous but essentially kind killer Charlie (Morgan Freeman) and his bad talking, fast shooting son Wesley (Chris Rock) is hysterical; particularly when Wesley notices his father has developed romantic feelings for the woman he's meant to kill.

Winning the Best Screenplay award at Cannes (2001) director Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty is refreshing because it takes risks by mixing, mocking and inventing all sorts of genres, stereotypes and stories when you don't expect it to.

Add your comments Johanna Featherstone
Due for Australian release August 23, 2001
For credits and official site details, see below
See also: Director Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbours General Hospital the classic US doctors and nurses drama Zellweger in Me, Myself and Irene and Bridget Jones Diary
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Title: Nurse Betty (2001)
Written by: John C Richards & James Flamberg
Directed by: Neil La Bute
Produced by: Gail Mutrux & Steve Golin
Edited by: Joel Plotch & Steven Weisberg
Director of Photography: Jean Yves Escoffier
running time: 101 mins
rating: M

The Players: Chris Rock, Morgan Freeman,
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